Gold at Mirror Nationals

Congratulations to one of our youngest Members, Stirling McKay aged 7, and father Campbell, who have won the 53rd Australian Mirror Nationals and 2019 Pre-Worlds at Woollahra Sailing Club. 

Sailing in McMissile, father and son won five races and pipped South Australia's Damian Carey and Austin Freer on count back.

Pos    Nat    Sail No    Boat Name                 Skipper                    Club    
1st     AUS    70951    McMissile                   Campbell McKay      RSYS  
2nd    AUS    70662    Bob                            Damian Carey          HSC    
3rd     AUS    70800    Waterborne at Last    Douglas Raftesath    BSC  

Read more at Sail 

Follow the Worlds action here

photo © Robert Owe-Young

Merry Christmas

Season's Greetings to all our Members and sailing friends! Happy holidays and fair sailing. 

Please find below the RSYS opening times for the festive season 2018-2019:

Mon 24 December NBV: Lunch & Dinner CCA: Breakfast & Lunch, Bar closes 5pm Cellar: 9am-5pm
Tues 25 December: Christmas Day Clubhouse closed
Wed 26 December NBV: Buffet lunch CCA: Breakfast & Lunch, Bar closes 5pm Cellar: 9am-2pm
Thur 27 December NBV: Closed CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Cellar: 9am-5pm
Fri 28 December NBV: Closed CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Cellar: 9am-5pm
Sat 29 December NBV: Closed CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Cellar: 9am-2pm
Sun 30 December NBV: Closed CCA: Breakfast & Lunch, Bar closes 5pm Cellar: Closed – See Manager on Duty
Mon 31 December NYE NBV: Closed CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Cellar: 9am-5pm
Tues 1 January NYD NBV: Closed CCA: Breakfast & Lunch, Bar closes 5pm Cellar: Closed – See Manager on Duty
Wed 2 January NBV: Closed CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Cellar: 9am-5pm

Sailing Office
24 December open 9-1pm
25 to 30 December Closed
31 December open 9-1pm
1 January Closed

Accounts & Admin
Will close at 12pm on Friday 23 December and re-open at 9am on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

The Boatyard will close on Friday 21 December and re-open Sunday 2 January 2019. During this period tender and fuel services will be available as follows:
24 December 8am-6pm
25 December Christmas Day – Closed
26 December 8am-6pm
27 December 8am-6pm
28 December 8am-6pm
29 December 8am-6pm
30 December 8am-6pm
31 December NYE 8am-1am
1 January NYD 9am-6pm
2 January 8am-6pm

Squadron shines at Sail Sydney

Congratulations to all our Squadron Youth sailors on fantastic results at the Sail Sydney event last week!

  • Nacra15 - Will Cooley 1st
  • 29er - Max PAUL 1st, Mina FERGUSON & Evie HASELDINE 22nd
  • Bic Techno - Vaughan O'SHEA 8th & Paul DAVISON 10th
  • Mirror - Campbell MCKAY & Stirling MCKAY 1st Overall
  • Laser Radial Open - Campbell Paton 6th, Maddie O’Shea 7th, Zac West 8th, Sylvie Stannage 11th, Boston Cortis 14th, Jack Ferguson 16th, Mark Louis 17th, Evie Saunders 22nd, Brooke Wilson 24th, Charlie Smith 27th
  • Laser 4.7 - Zac West 1st, Mark Louis 2nd, Brooke Wilson 3rd, Daniel Costandi 4th, Evie Saunders 5th, Aris Dimitracopoulos 7th, Charlie Smith 16th, Ian Louis 20th 
  • Laser Standard - Finn ALEXANDER 7th, Oskar Hansen 19th
  • International 420 - Ryan LITTLECHILD & Jack FERGUSON 2nd, Gretel PAYNE 8th
  • International 470 Women - Katherine SHANNON 3rd
  • International 470 Men - Will RYAN 1st
  • Optimist Open - Oliver McLachlan 2nd, Louis Tilly 3rd, Isobel Payne 4th, Douglas Cassidy 5th, Benedict McKay 6th, Harriet McLachlan 7th, Hannah Cassidy 8th
  • Optimist Intermediate - Connor Warner 1st, Thomas Flannery 4th
  • Optimist Green - Viraj Gupta 1st, Ben Tattersal 3rd, Vidhi Gupta 4th, Raphael McLachlan 5th, Anton Robinson 6th, Alexa Morgan 7th, Patrick McLachlan 8th, Nick Keleher 10th.

View full results here


RSYS was a partner club for Sail Sydney 2018. The event was sailed from 4 to 9 December and involved more than 430 sailors across 22 classes. RSYS had almost 50 Members competing and was responsible for Course Area D, providing race management and resources which included our race committee vessel Mischief (pictured above), a mark laying boat and two safety boats. Depending on conditions on the day, Course Area D extended from Nielsen Park up to North Head.

The classes racing on Course Area D over the six day event were: Nacra 17, 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 15 and the 29er. The 29ers were the biggest fleet in the regatta with 36 boats competing.

Conditions were challenging for the race management crew - there was a large outgoing tide and they had to keep the sailors safe within the Harbour, busy with large ship movements and the Manly ferry.

RSYS On Water Co-ordinator Rob Ridley oversaw the team; Geoff Clarke worked on Peri, the mark laying boat, and our Sailing Manager Declan Brennan and our Youth & Training Co-ordinator Locky Pryor helped with a safety boat for a few days. Thanks to our Member volunteers: Charlotte Alexander, Charlotte Grey, Geoff Davison, Mitch Evans, Riley Evans, Bill Fleming, Madi Kornman, Sara Ladd, Peter Magraith, Phil Maloney, Zac Quinlan, Nick Rozenauers, Kiera Early and Kylie Wilson.

Special thanks to volunteers Geoff and Karyn who also provided their personal boats as safety boats.  

Sail Sydney is run by Australian Sailing and hosted out of Woollahra Sailing Club. Other clubs that help make the event possible providing Race Management teams for course areas included Middle Harbour Yacht Club and Drummoyne Sailing Club..

If you would like to get involved with volunteering at RSYS, learn more about race management and supporting regattas such as this please contact us at

Weekend Regatta Action

Last weekend RSYS hosted three regattas. Due to the very strong westerlies racing had to be abandoned on Sunday across all three classes.

2018 Yngling Australian Championship

The fleet comprised nine boats which contested six races to determine the national champion. The Scratch division was won by Club Captain Karyn Gojnich and her crack crew onboard Evie (pictured above with Sara Ladd and Ruth McCance) who were chased all the way by Hamish Jarrett and his team on Miss Pibb. Gary Wogas' Karma came 3rd. The Handicap division was won by Maria Nash on Lou.

View full results here

2018 J70 Australian Championship 

The dynamic J70 class had its inaugural national championship at our Club. Eight boats competed which was an impressive turnout given there are currently just 20 of these pocket rockets in the country including teams from Queensland and Victoria. Reg Lord’s team on Juno, with America's Cup racer Ben Lamb onboard, won the regatta with a perfect scorecard. In second place and the first Corinthian boat was James skippered by Tim Ryan. RSYS boat The Jackal, skippeerd by Jervis Tilly placed 3rd.

View full results here

Dragon NSW State Championship

Esteemed America's Cup helmsman and long standing RSYS Member Gordon Ingate easily won the event with a perfect scorecard. The team from the Etchells Great White Hunter (Nick Howe) placed 2nd in their borrowed Dragon Ascalon with Liquidity 3rd.

View full results here

Congratulations Youth Laser sailors

Our young Laser sailors achieved tremendous success at the 2018 NSW/ACT Laser Championship held at the Canberra Yacht Club over the past weekend. 

4.7 Rig (21 entries)
1 Brooke Wilson
2 Daniel Costandi
3 Evie Saunders

Radial Rig (26 entries)
2 Maddie O'Shea 
3 Zac West 
4 Mark Louis 
5 Sylvie Stannage

Standard Rig (24 entries) 
10 Oskar Hansen

View full results here